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New Managing Director at Belfast International Airport

Published: 26 August 2014

Graham Keddie appointed as Managing Director of Belfast International Airport

Belfast International Airport today announces the appointment of Graham Keddie as Managing Director, effective 1 September 2014. Mr Keddie joins from Hermes Airports where he was Executive Commercial Manager, responsible for all commercial revenue at Larnaca and Paphos airports in Cyprus.

Mr Keddie has over 25 years’ experience across all sectors of the aviation industry in a variety of senior leadership positions around the world. Previously he was General Manager of Abu Dhabi Airport Services (ADAS) and Abu Dhabi Cargo Company (ADCC), the sole providers of ground services and cargo handling at Abu Dhabi International airport, responsible for over 2,500 staff and over £80 million in revenue. Under his leadership, he established one of the leading ground handling and cargo operations in the MENA region in terms of service delivery, during a period of rapid growth at the airport. Mr Keddie has also served as CEO of Bahrain Airport Services and Chief Commercial Officer of Virgin Nigeria Airways.

From 2001-5 Mr Keddie was Managing Director of Manchester Airport Group’s Regional Airports division, responsible for East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside Airports, during which time he oversaw the introduction of GO, BMIBABY, Ryanair, revolutionising international travel from the region.

Mr Keddie is a qualified lawyer who began his career in the aviation industry with 12 years in the aviation division of the Swire Group.

Mr Keddie replaces John Doran, Managing Director of Belfast International Airport since 2006, who is stepping aside for health reasons. Under Mr Doran’s leadership, the Airport has grown notably through the expansion of existing airlines but also the introduction of new airline capabilities, as well as extensive redevelopment of the Airport’s terminal building. Mr Doran has also overseen substantial investment into the airport, including the opening of fully re-configured airside facilities by HRH Queen Elizabeth in 2010 and in 2013, the 50th anniversary celebrations which were also marked by the complete resurfacing of the main runway. Belfast International Airport now serves over 70 destinations and over 4 million passengers a year.

Sara Yamotahari, Chairman of Belfast International Airport said:“I am delighted we have managed to attract someone of the calibre of Graham to lead us into the next phase of growth for the airport. He brings with him a long track record of achievement in all aspects of the aviation industry, deep sector knowledge and a proven leadership pedigree. I am
confident that under Graham, Belfast International Airport will continue to build on its reputation not just as the most technologically advanced airport in Ireland, but one with considerable scope for future growth and customer service
improvements”.

Ms Yamotahari added:“On behalf of the Board and all members of staff, I would like to thank John for his outstanding contribution to Belfast International Airport in his time as Managing Director. He has overseen a genuine transformation of the airport since his appointment. John has demonstrated throughout his time at the Airport to be a highly successful, diligent and capable Managing Director and he has all our best wishes for a speedy recovery”.

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